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Gov. Turns to Tech to Pump Up Jobs



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    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning to a tech giant for some strong-arm help getting Californians back to work.

    He visited Microsoft's Mountain View campus Wednesday to launch the Elevate America partnership, which offers free technology training to people looking for jobs. The governator says jobs need to be the state's number one priority, and the legislature has not done enough to help.

    "Microsoft has jumped into action," Schwarzenegger said. "They are creating this public private partnership, handing out these vouchers, they are doing something about it. I think the government needs to do something about it. I think the legislature needs to do something about it."

    Microsoft is offering about 166,000 vouchers for a variety of eLearning courses -- from basic computer literacy to advanced IT training. Numbers from the Bureau of Labor statistics indicate that in five years, more than 75 percent of all jobs in the United States will require at least a basic level of technology skills.

    Vouchers are available on a first come, first serve basis at the state's employment development offices.